Agence France-Presse. Washington |
Published: 01:04, 07/04/2021
Protesters hold torches as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on Saturday. – AFP photo
The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on 22 people, including four Myanmar government ministers, in response to the February military coup and attacks on the country’s pro-democracy movement.
In a two-pronged action, resigned The Treasury and Commerce Department is announcing the penalties as part of Washington’s ongoing response to the overthrow of the elected government of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said in a statement that the new sanctions were “in response to the brutal campaign of violence of the Burmese military regime and to continue to raise costs related to the military coup. « The sanctions are not aimed at Myanmar people, but aim to pressure the military to » restore Burma’s path to democracy immediately, « said Blinken.
The sanctions are directed against Myanmar’s Information Minister Chit Naing, the investment min Aung Naing Oo, Minister of Labor and Immigration Myint Kyaing, and Thet Thet Khine, Minister of Social Welfare, Emergency Relief and Relocation. Sanctions were also imposed on three members of the powerful state board of directors, as were 15 spouses and adult children of civil servants, when the U.S. penalties were extended in February, March and May following the coup.
As part of the sanctions, any U.S. Property locked on behalf of individuals and prohibited from Americans or any person in the United States from making property or interest deals with them.
Andrea Gacki, director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement, the action shows that Washington « will continue to impose increasing costs on the Burmese military and promote accountability for those responsible for the military coup and the continuing violence. »
Protesters in coup-stricken Myanmar celebrated the birthday of the on Saturday Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing by burning his portrait and staging mock funerals.
The Natio n has seen mass protests and a brutal military reaction since the February 1 coup in which civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown.
Almost 890 civilians are in a raid on the State Administration Council – as the junta calls itself – died and nearly 6,500 were arrested, according to a local surveillance group.
On Saturday, anti-coup protesters posted pictures on social media of a traditional noodle soup dish called mohinga, which is often served at funerals in Myanmar.
» I did (mohinga) on his birthday because I want him to die soon, « said a Yangon resident.
» Many innocent people have lost their lives because of him. So if he died, the whole country would be happy. ”
In Mandalay, the second largest city in the country, some activists burned pictures of the junta leader at mock funerals and set fire to fake coffins.
“ He actually should have shouldn’t be born. So we’re going to keep his funeral the way we want to say he should be dead. ”
Min Aung Hlaing will turn 65 on Saturday – the age at which he was, as stipulated in the country’s 2008 Constitution, retired as Chief of the Armed Forces.
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